Padres Prospect Report: May 30, 2009

Matt Buschmann is rocked again while Will Venable accounts for the lone Portland run. Cesar Carrillo is stellar but does not figure into the decision and Lance Zawadzki debuts with a RBI. Cory Luebke pitches well but Aaron Breit gives up his first hit this year with the bases juiced. James Darnell reaches four times and hits a bomb and Nick Schmidt provides a solid start. DSL action begins.

Portland (24-26) lost 6-1 to Fresno (Giants)

Matt Buschmann was on the hook for five runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings and 84 pitches, seeing his record drop to 2-5. The right-hander has allowed double-digit hits twice this season and has allowed at least five runs in five of his 10 starts, including four of his last six. Buschmann has walked three or more in four of his starts His ERA has been over 5.00 since his second outing of the season.

Will Venable accounted for the lone Portland run, hitting his 10th homer of the season in the eighth inning. Venable had half of Portland's four hits and drew a walk. His 10th homer came in game number 50 – 37 games sooner than when he hit his 10th bomb a year ago. Venable has gone yard three times in his last four games but eighth of his dingers this year have been solo shots. Venable has just 11 hits in 51 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a .216 average.

Mike Adams was moved up to Triple-A to continue his rehab. The right-hander gave up one run on solo homer and a walk over two innings. Adams appeared in four Double-A games for San Antonio, giving up three hits, including a solo homer, across four innings while striking out six. Last year with Portland, Adams went 3-1 with a 5.52 ERA across 12 outings, giving up 21 hits in 14.2 innings.

San Antonio (24-24) won 2-1 over Arkansas (Angels)

An error in the bottom of the ninth after a Cedric Hunter bloop single pushed the winning run across the plate. Hunter went 2-for-4 out of the eighth spot in the lineup, adding a double. It was the first time he has ever hit eighth in the batting order as a professional. He was also credited with an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at second base. Hunter is hitting .306 in his last 27 games after hitting .195 in his first 18.

Lance Zawadzki made his season debut in Double-A after receiving a promotion. The shortstop went 1-for-4 hitting fifth, driving in a run. In 34 games with Lake Elsinore, Zawadzki hit .276 with 18 extra base hits, including 10 homers – which were fourth in the California League. He also notched 34 RBI and sported a .360 on-base percentage while hitting .357 with runners in scoring position. Zawadzki went 1-for-3 last year for the Missions.

Cesar Carrillo would not be on the decision but allowed a single run on four hits and a walk while fanning four across seven innings. The right-hander tossed 90 pitches, inducing eight ground ball outs and hitting a batter. It is the third time this year he has gone at least six innings and allowed one run or less, two coming in his last three starts which has brought his ERA under 5.00 for the first time since his second start.

Lake Elsinore (27-22) lost 4-1 to High Desert (Mariners)

Cory Luebke allowed a single run over six frames, a solo homer the lone blemish. He yielded five hits and a walk while striking out four and netting seven ground ball outs. The homer was the first he has yielded this season. He has held the opposition to four runs over his last 26.2 innings – a 1.35 ERA over that span. It is the seventh time in 10 starts that he has given up two runs or less.

Aaron Breit took the loss, his second, after giving up three runs on three hits and a walk across two innings, fanning two. Breit came into the game without having allowed an earned run over 9.1 innings. He has given up runs in nine of his 18 appearances, working more than an inning in all but five outings. Just five of the 27 hits he has allowed have gone for extra bases, including a triple that cleared the bases on Saturday. The opposition had been 0-for-4 off Breit with the bases loaded coming into that at-bat.

Danny Payne had three hits in four at-bats, falling a homer shy of the cycle and scoring the lone Storm run. It was Payne's first three-hit game of the year. Payne has scored a run in three of his last four games, and despite a .218 average on the year, the left-handed hitter sports a .394 on-base percentage – largely thanks to his 28 walks in 35 games played. Payne came into the game hitting .140 over his previous 18 games.

Fort Wayne (30-19) won 6-4 over Burlington (Royals)

James Darnell reached base in all four of his plate appearances, falling a triple shy of the cycle and drawing a walk. He hit a solo homer in the fourth and added a two-run double in the seventh to cap a three-RBI night. Darnell was, however, charged with his 14th fielding error, which led to an unearned run. Darnell leads the entire minor leagues with 46 walks drawn and his .453 on-base percentage is second best in the Midwest League. He has a hit in each of his last six at-bats, netting two doubles, a triple and a homer.

Drew Cumberland reached in four of his five trips, drawing a walk, smacking two singles, getting plunked by a pitch, and scoring a run. He also stole his ninth base of the season in as many attempts. Cumberland did, however, commit his fifth error of the year. The Florida native has an 11-game hitting streak where he has gone 19-for-47 with nine runs scored and five RBI.

Nick Schmidt picked up his second win of the year, yielding an unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five across 5.1 innings – his longest outing to date. He left with the bases loaded and none of those runners would score thanks to the work of Eric Gonzalez. Schmidt has not allowed an earned run over his last 9.1 innings. Schmidt has held right-handed hitters to a .182 average while lefties have managed to swat .367.

DSL Padres (1-0) won 15-4 over DSL Diamondbacks

Luis Domoromo debuted in style, collecting a pair of hits in five trips, scoring a pair of runs and knocking in two. He also drew a walk. Domoromo was the prize position player signed by the Padres on July 2, 2008 and appeared in the Padres instructional league this past fall where he went 4-for-11 with three hard contacts.

Alvaro Aristy is known for his glove but came through in a big way offensively. He went 2-for-4, scoring a run and driving in three. Aristy was also part of the Padres July 2 signing class of 2008. He also appeared in the instructional league last season, going hitless in 13 at-bats with one hard contact. The book on Aristy has been near major league ready defensively but lacking with the bat.

Carlos Garcia notched two hits in five at-bats, scoring a pair of runs and driving in one. Garcia hit .267 with seven doubles, four triples, two homers, 23 runs scored and 24 RBi in 62 games. He also drew 18 walks compared to 55 strikeouts for a .341 on-base percentage.

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